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Brianna Howard Understands the Impact of Community Support

By Spark Point / January 18, 2023

Brianna Howard is the Lead Prevention Specialist at Everyone Home DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the holistic needs of individuals and families at risk of or are experiencing homelessness. “The goal is to keep people out of shelters because we know that going into a shelter can have some long-term consequences that are…

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Lanre Williams-Ayedun Knows the Value of Faith and Community Support in International Development  

By Spark Point / January 4, 2023

Lanre Williams-Ayedun is the Senior Vice President of International Programs for World Relief, a global Christian nonprofit organization that has supported refugee resettlement, humanitarian assistance and development programming in more than 100 countries. Working in social services was always Lanre’s plan.  “My father is a development practitioner as well, so I grew up in this…

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Jordyn White Pursues Every Personal and Professional Goal With Intention

By Spark Point / December 14, 2022

Jordyn White is the Senior Director of Leadership Development and Research at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the largest LGBTQ+ civil rights organization in the United States. She also co-founded and serves as General Manager of the Washington Prodigy women’s tackle football team. Being connected with community and helping others has always been important to…

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Ramona Plummer is Working to Destigmatize Mental Health and End Teen Suicide  

By Spark Point / November 30, 2022

Ramona Plummer is a program coordinator with Our Minds Matter, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending teen suicide by supporting student-led clubs in the DC metropolitan area and across the country.  Our Minds Matter was founded in 2012 and originally called the Josh Anderson Foundation to honor the legacy of the executive director’s brother who…

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Angela Doyinsola Aina Advances Black Maternal Health Care

By Spark Point / November 16, 2022

Angela Doyinsola Aina is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA), a national nonprofit organization advocating for Black maternal health, rights and justice. BMMA’s goals are to change policy, shift the culture, cultivate research and advance care for Black mamas. Angela has more than 15 years of public health experience, including…

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Serena Saunders Prioritizes Mental Health While Helping Underrepresented Groups Become Civically Engaged

By Spark Point / November 2, 2022

Serena Saunders works as the Communications and Programs Coordinator for Running Start, a nonpartisan nonprofit that trains young women to run for office. She recently earned her Masters of Public Policy from the University of Maryland and she’s invested in helping underrepresented groups become civically engaged. Growing up in the DC area, politics was always…

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Sharon K. Dailey is Creating a Safe Space for Resilient Women

By Spark Point / October 20, 2022

Sharon K. Dailey is a domestic violence survivor and advocate. She is currently working to open the doors of her nonprofit, My Auntie’s House, which will be one of the only safe houses in Maryland for women and children impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. “My purpose is to create that space,”…

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Kia Croom Drives Change for Marginalized Communities Through Fundraising

By Spark Point / October 5, 2022

Kia Croom is a nonprofit leader and fund development professional who is passionate about social justice and education initiatives. She works with the Children’s Defense Fund and founded the Croom Institute for Fund Development and Social Change. To date, she has raised almost $400 million for nonprofits across the country that support communities of color…

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April Walker Centers Racial Equity in Philanthropy

By Spark Point / September 22, 2022

April Walker is a nonprofit consultant and founder of Philanthropy for the People, an organization dedicated to centering racial equity and justice in fundraising and grantmaking. In this role, April works with nonprofits, donors, and foundations to challenge biases and bring people with lived experiences to the forefront of the philanthropic conversation. After spending years…

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Melody Webb Advocates for the Economic Empowerment of Disadvantaged Black Mothers

By Spark Point / September 7, 2022

Melody Webb is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Mother’s Outreach Network, a non-profit that supports the economic empowerment of disadvantaged Black mothers in the DC area. The organization uses legal programming, policy and advocacy and community outreach to help these women. From an early age, Melody knew she was drawn to community…

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